FT – Baidu bets its future on AI revolution

Late to the game in developing mobile apps, Baidu hopes to leapfrog competitors by focusing on next-gen AI.

August 29, 2017 g

‘Wei climbs into her car and tells it her destination. While the car manoeuvres through the morning traffic, her news app picks the stories she is most likely to enjoy and reads them aloud. As the car approaches the parking lot, a camera recognises her face and opens the gates.

This is the future that China’s search engine giant Baidu envisages, where artificial intelligence has made phone screens and computer monitors obsolete.

The AI revolution will be the next industrial revolution, the company says. The problem, as Baidu admits, is that it has already been late to the mobile revolution.’

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